November 27, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

Flat Iron Farm’s Auction Is Back! -

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Retro Christmas Is Back at Lighthouse -

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Flat Iron Farm ‘Casual Christmas’ Opens @ 5pm Thanksgiving -

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Newtowne Players’ ‘Yuletide Yuk-Fest’ -

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Del Toro Confirmed As Next NavSec

Carlos Del Toro, a retired Navy commander and businessman, was confirmed over the weekend as the 78th secretary of the US Navy and the second Hispanic American to lead the department.

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Navy Undersecretary Geurts to Retire

Geurts

James “Hondo” Geurts, who has been acting as the undersecretary of the Navy since February, announced he will retire from government service later this month.

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New Triton Drone Surveils SoMd

Triton

A new configuration of the Navy’s new MQ-4C Triton drone, loaded with newly installed cameras and signals intelligence collection systems, had its first flight last Thursday over Southern Maryland and performed “better than expected.”

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F-35 Oxygen Delivery Under Review Again

A House panel demands another investigation into F-35 pilot breathing system problems. A NASA study found the JSF does not continually supply the amount of oxygen needed by pilots, forcing operators to change their breathing rates to compensate.

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Italian F-35B Lands on Carrier for 1st Time

Italian Sea Trials

An Italian Navy F-35B Lightning II landed on the ITS Cavour aircraft carrier for the first time Friday. The landing follows the compatibility testing in the US earlier this year, when two F-35Bs from NAS Pax River were deployed on the ship to test every aspect of the aircraft operations.

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Sailor Charged in Assault Ship Fire

Fire

A seaman apprentice on the USS Bohomme Richard was charged late last week for starting the fire that destroyed the amphibious assault ship in July 2020 while it was docked in San Diego.

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2011 PFAS Risk Alert Triggered No Action

PFAS

An inspector general report from 2020 found DoD issued a “risk alert” regarding PFAS in 2011 without accompanying action instructions. The first risk management actions regarding the toxic chemicals used throughout the military for firefighting came in 2016. The IG report comes two years after dozens of lawmakers requested a review.

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PG Delegate Tapped for MD US Attorney

President Joe Biden has nominated Prince George’s County Del. Erek Barron to become the next US Attorney for Maryland. If confirmed, he would be the first Black person to hold the post, and the first Democrat in 20 years.

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Will Women Register for the Draft in FY22?

In addition to wanting more equipment for all services, the Senate Armed Services Committee would like women to begin registering, as to men, for the possibility of a future draft. Currently the US has an all-voluntary military, but almost all male US citizens and immigrants between 18 and 25 must register with the US Selective Service System.

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Navy Implements New Fire Safety Practices

VADM Roy Kitchener said he is encouraged by new fire safety protocols for ships undergoing maintenance in port. He said among the changes the Navy has invested in fire detection systems and added industrial-environment safety training at surface officer school.

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